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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from GoldLink, Seun Kuti, Mereba, Mr Eazi, and St. Beauty.
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  1. Oct 9, 2019
    74
    He can use his voice for rapping and singing, but he’s still getting the hang of using it to truly deliver a message.
  2. Oct 9, 2019
    70
    Jidenna's cosmopolitan hip-hop is deepened with his second album. 85 to Africa lacks a track with the ferocity of "Long Live the Chief," and nothing is either as charming or as instantly memorable as the multi-platinum "Classic Man," but it's more substantive.
  3. Oct 9, 2019
    67
    Things improve on the second half of the album, when, to follow his metaphor, Jidenna arrives in Africa. The melodies and breezy rhythms of songs like “Zodi” and “Vaporiza” are a welcome shift from his barrel-chested rapping.
  4. Oct 9, 2019
    60
    Given the accomplished nature of the instrumentation, it is a shame that, unlike the classic records it ostensibly draws influence from, the production of 85 to Africa is clean to the point of sterility.
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